"Options of Knowledge: Opportunities in Science"

Michigan Law Authors
Publish Date
2008
Publication
Gender Equality Programmes in Higher Education: International Perspectives
Publication Type
Book Chapter
Abstract

At Humboldt-University in Berlin, the situation is, bluntly, as bad as at other universities if we look at the numbers, that is: at quantitative gender relations among professors, or, even worse, if we look at the lack of presence of women and the overwhelming presence of men in leadership positions in science. Nevertheless, Humboldt-University also hosts the largest German speaking gender studies programme to date with more than 15 disciplines collaborating in research, in a B.A. and an M.A. programme, and in supervising transdisciplinary PhDs in gender studies.1 These academic programmes have also been accredited recently, thus formally acknowledged to contribute to the future of societies, in giving young people the competencies needed today. We also host a junior research group, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which focuses on gender as a category of knowledge2, and we run the GenderKompe-tenz Zentrum, or GenderCompetenceCentre3, funded by the German Federal Government, for transferring knowledge from gender studies into the administration and mainstream politics.

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